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  • Schools and colleges in Punjab to remain closed on August 25 in view of the Dera verdict
  • UT Admn orders closure of all educational institutions in Chandigarh on Aug 24, 25.


Dera followers under intelligence and police radarThe followers of the Dera Sacha Sauda at a Naam Charcha Ghar in Gangwa village of Hisar district on Wednesday. Tribune photo: Bansi Lal Basniwal

Dera followers under intelligence and police radar

23 Aug 2017 | 6:56 PM

KURUKSHETRA: Activities of an estimated 1.20 lakh followers of Dera Sacha Sauda in the districts of Kurukshetra and Jind are being watched by the intelligence and police forces. Police sources said nearly 65,000 residents in Kurukshetra district alone were believed to be Dera followers.

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Vishal Joshi

Tribune News Service

Kurukshetra, August 23

Activities of an estimated 1.20 lakh followers of Dera Sacha Sauda in the districts of Kurukshetra and Jind are being watched by the intelligence and police forces. Police sources said nearly 65,000 residents in Kurukshetra district alone were believed to be Dera followers.

Followers, including women, continue to gather at various places in the two districts but no untoward incident has been reported. Officials in Jind and Kurukshetra said there was no input of anyone engaged in any unauthorised storage of petroleum products, arms or other material.

Jind DC Amit Khatri said all seven ‘Naam Charcha Ghar’ (congregation/prayer centre of the Dera) in the district were under observation. He said people from other sects and communities had also been roped in the peace committee to ensure order in the district.

Khatri said there were nearly 55,000 dera followers spread all over the Jind district. He said the situation was under control.

Most of the followers from Jind are heading towards Panchkula where a CBI court is expected to deliver a judgment on Friday, said the DC.

However, official sources said the Dera followers had specific instructions to gather in a larger number in Panchkula and Sirsa, where the controversial Dera is headquartered.

Meanwhile, Kurukshetra SP Abhishek Garg said the deposition of firearms with the police was satisfactory and the police were fully geared up for to handle any situation. Garg led a flag march in the district this afternoon that passed through various towns.  

All Chandigarh-bound Haryana Roadways buses to terminate at Ambala

All Chandigarh-bound Haryana Roadways buses to terminate at Ambala

23 Aug 2017 | 9:42 PM

HISAR: The transport department has directed Haryana Roadways to terminate all its Chandigarh-bound buses at the Ambala bus stand. The transport commissioner issued the orders.

Tension grips Karnal village after clash between two groups

Tension grips Karnal village after clash between two groups

23 Aug 2017 | 7:18 PM

KARNAL: Tension gripped Manchuri village in the district after a clash between two groups over a panchayat land of around three acres on Wednesday morning.

Ban orders across state under Sec 144Dera Sacha Sauda head case

Ban orders across state under Sec 144

23 Aug 2017 | 12:22 AM

CHANDIGARH: Ram Niwas, Additional Chief Secretary, Home, has said that Section 144 of the CrPC has been imposed in all districts of the state and carrying of any kind of stick or weapon has been prohibited at Naam Charcha Ghars of the Dera Sacha Sauda followers.

Govt in touch with dera chief: CM

23 Aug 2017 | 12:22 AM

CHANDIGARH:Based on his feedback after “successful” parley between senior officers of the state government and followers of the Dera Sacha Sauda through the day, Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar said that dera chief Gurmeet Ram Rahim Singh would appear before the Special CBI Court in Panchkula on August 25 when the verdict would be pronounced.

ADGP reviews security arrangements

23 Aug 2017 | 12:22 AM

AMBALA: ADGP RC Mishra held a joint meeting with police and district administration officials here today to review the security arrangements made ahead of the CBI court verdict in Dera Sacha Sauda Chief Ram Rahim’s case.

DGP asked to ensure kids’ safety in dera orphanages

DGP asked to ensure kids’ safety in dera orphanages

23 Aug 2017 | 12:22 AM

CHANDIGARH: Haryana State Commission for Protection of Child Rights (HSCPCR) chairperson Jyoti Bainda has written a letter to BS Sandhu, DGP, asking him to take measures for the safety and security of children living in protection homes located in Sirsa-based Dera Sacha Sauda in case any untoward incidents happen in the wake of the upcoming verdict in a rape case against dera chief Gurmeet Ram Rahim Singh.

Premis resent checking of vehicles

23 Aug 2017 | 12:23 AM

CHANDIGARH: Senior IAS officer V. Umashankar, who was appointed to assist the Sirsa district administration, today visited the Dera Sacha Sauda to open channels of communication.

Police to keep a check on social media

23 Aug 2017 | 12:22 AM

KARNAL: The district administration has made elaborate security arrangements to tackle any untoward situation that may obtain due to the CBI court verdict in the rape case involving Dera Sacha Sauda chief Gurmeet Ram Rahim to be pronounced on August 25.

3 DCs among 15 IAS officers shifted

23 Aug 2017 | 12:22 AM

CHANDIGARH:The Haryana Government today transferred 15 IAS officers, including three Deputy Commissioners of Palwal, Nuh and Rewari, and one HCS officer.

Rain pours misery in Ambala

Rain pours misery in Ambala

23 Aug 2017 | 12:22 AM

AMBALA: Heavy rainfall crippled life in several parts of the city and left the roads waterlogged this morning.

208 Bhagana families rehabilitated, HC told

23 Aug 2017 | 12:22 AM

CHANDIGARH: The Punjab and Haryana High Court was today told that around 208 families of Bhagana village, which had witnessed exodus of 90 families more than three years ago due to “lack of security” after four minor girls were allegedly gang raped, had been rehabilitated and granted various facilities.

Bank employees threaten 2-day strike in September

Bank employees threaten 2-day strike in September

23 Aug 2017 | 12:22 AM

KARNAL: Officials of different banks under the banner of the All-India Bank Officers’ Confederation (AIBOC) staged a dharna at Sector 12 here today against privatisation and merger of public sector banks.

Man rescued, 2 kidnappers held

Man rescued, 2 kidnappers held

23 Aug 2017 | 12:23 AM

SONEPAT: A special investigation team (SIT) of the Kharkhoda police today arrested Hanif of Mungeshpur village and Sazid of Majra Dabas village on the charge of kidnapping Jai Pal of Khanda village from outside Kharkhoda on Sunday evening.

Mistaken identity: Hisar doc abducted, dumped

23 Aug 2017 | 12:23 AM

HISAR: A doctor was abducted in his own car from outside Town Park here on Monday night and abandoned near Ladwa village a few hours later as kidnappers realised they had picked up the wrong person.

3-month reprieve for defaulting realtors

23 Aug 2017 | 12:23 AM

CHANDIGARH: Coming to the rescue of the recession-hit realty sector, the Khattar Government has granted a three-month reprieve to the realtors who have failed to pay external development charges(EDC) and infrastructure development charges (IDC).

Mining ‘scam’ exposed CM: Kiran

23 Aug 2017 | 12:23 AM

ROHTAK: Congress Legislature Party (CLP) leader Kiran Choudhry has slammed the BJP government for withdrawing subsidies on farm inputs and ushering in an era of spiralling prices by devising an anti-public mechanism to fix the prices of petrol and diesel.

Health Dept swaps land with Cantt Board for cancer centre

23 Aug 2017 | 12:24 AM

AMBALA: The Health Department will transfer 1.25 acres to the Cantonment Board in lieu of the latter’s 0.45 acre adjoining the Civil Hospital, Ambala Cantonment, for the purpose of setting up a 50-bed tertiary care cancer centre.

Vij honours paralympics athletes

23 Aug 2017 | 12:23 AM

CHANDIGARH: Sports and Youth Affairs Minister Anil Vij today honoured two silver medallists of world paralympics athletic championships.

Caller threatens blasts if jail inmate not freed

23 Aug 2017 | 12:23 AM

AMBALA: An Ambala resident reportedly called up SP Abhishek Jorwal in the wee hours of Sunday, threatening to carry out bomb blasts in the city if central jail inmate Iqbal Qureshi was not released.

Parole jumper nabbed

23 Aug 2017 | 12:23 AM

SONEPAT: The police have arrested a notorious gangster, life-term convict and parole jumper from Gopalpur village in the district late on Monday night.

College teachers observe ‘black day’

23 Aug 2017 | 12:23 AM

KARNAL: College teachers today observed a ‘black day’ by wearing black badges and staged dharnas for an hour.

Weather no damper for protesters

23 Aug 2017 | 12:23 AM

KARNAL: Rain failed to affect the will power of sacked JBT teachers as they continued their dharna in front of the Mini-Secretariat here today.

Father-son duo convicted

23 Aug 2017 | 12:23 AM

Sonepat: The court of Additional District and Sessions’ Judge Sunita Grover today convicted Narender of Gangeshar village in the district and his father Satbir in a dowry-cum-murder case and sentenced them to 10-year jail.

Road safety drive launched

23 Aug 2017 | 12:23 AM

Kaithal: District and Sessions’ Judge MM Dhonchak flagged off “Ek Zindagi” rally under road safety campaign launched by the District legal Services Authority from the Guhla judicial complex on Tuesday.

Shock victim succumbs to burns

23 Aug 2017 | 12:23 AM

GURUGRAM: Manju(13), who got burnt due to electric shock in Sector 56 last week, succumbed to her burns in Delhi’s Safdurjung Hospital.

Followers gather in Panchkula in large numbers ahead of verdictDera chief case

Followers gather in Panchkula in large numbers ahead of verdict

23 Aug 2017 | 2:11 AM

PANCHKULA: The followers of Dera Sacha Sauda have started reaching Naam Charcha Ghar in Sector 23, Panchkula, in large numbers in view of the CBI court’s verdict in a rape case against Dera Sacha Sauda head Gurmeet Ram Rahim Singh on August 25.

Blue Whale threat: Haryana tells schools to counsel students

22 Aug 2017 | 11:02 AM

GURUGRAM: All private and government schools have been issued an advisory by the Haryana Children Protection Commission (HCPC) to counsel students about the risk of ‘Blue Whale Challenge’ and other similar online games.

Rs1.96 cr disbursed under shagun yojana

22 Aug 2017 | 12:06 AM

KURUKSHETRA: The Jind administration has disbursed Rs 1.96 crore in the last four months under the Chief Minister Vivah Shagun Yojana.

New Ambala DC does security review

22 Aug 2017 | 12:06 AM

AMBALA: Sharandeep Kaur on Monday took charge as Deputy Commissioner here and held a meeting with the officials of the district administration and police to review the security arrangements ahead of CBI court verdict in Dera Sacha Sauda chief Ram Rahim case on August 25.

Prohibitory orders imposed in Kaithal

22 Aug 2017 | 12:06 AM

KAITHAL: District Magistrate Sunita Verma has prohibited the assembly of five or more persons in all parts of the district except specified places and sale of loose petroleum products except to vehicles under Section 144 of the CrPC.

Two fertiliser traders booked

22 Aug 2017 | 12:06 AM

YAMUNANAGAR: The police have booked two traders for stocking subsidised and imported urea illegally under Sections 10 and 7 of the Essential Commodity Act, 1955, and the Fertilisers (Control) Order 1985.

Woman cricketer alleges rape, tardy police action

22 Aug 2017 | 12:06 AM

HISAR: A national-level cricketer hailing from a village in Fatehabad district has accused a Haridwar-based godman of raping her in connivance with another godman in March this year.

Scam alleged as HSDC gets ‘inferior’, ‘rejected’ bags

22 Aug 2017 | 12:06 AM

CHANDIGARH: A scam in the purchase high density polyethylene (HDPE) bags for packing wheat seeds by compromising on quality has come to light in the Haryana Seed Development (HSDC).

20 villages serve ultimatum on Reliance, demand royalty

20 villages serve ultimatum on Reliance, demand royalty

22 Aug 2017 | 12:06 AM

JHAJJAR: Farmers of 20 villages are up in arms against Reliance Industries Limited (RIL) for digging pits on land for the special economic zone (SEZ) allegedly to stop them from carrying out agricultural activities.

Ambala MC cashier caught taking bribe

22 Aug 2017 | 12:06 AM

AMBALA: A team of the State Vigilance Bureau today arrested a cashier of the Municipal Corporation, Ambala, for demanding a bribe of Rs 5,000 to process a marriage registration case here in Ambala City.

INSO activists lock varsity gatesStudents' Union Poll

INSO activists lock varsity gates

22 Aug 2017 | 12:06 AM

KURUKSHETRA: The Indian National Student Organisation (INSO), the youth wing of the INLD, today locked the main gates of Kurukshetra University and Maharshi Dayanand University (MDU) to press for the revival of the practice of students’ union election in the state.

Warrant against officer for not furnishing info

22 Aug 2017 | 12:06 AM

PANIPAT: RTI Commissioner Major General JS Kundu issued bailable warrant against the State Public Information Officer-cum Account Officer (headquarters), office of the Director, Town and Country Planning, Haryana at Chandigarh and directed him to appear before the commission on September 14 allegedly for not furnishing the information to the appellant.

Cop stalked, molested in Gurugram; youth held

22 Aug 2017 | 12:06 AM

GURUGRAM: A woman cop was allegedly molested by a bike-borne youth on the national highway on Sunday night.

Banain khap boycotts Samain

22 Aug 2017 | 12:06 AM

CHANDIGARH: Infighting among various khap leaders has come to the fore after the attack on Jat leader Yashpal Malik in Samain village of Fatehabad last week and subsequent registration of FIR against Sarva Jatiye Khap Panchayat spokesperson Sube Singh Samain.

Hundreds take holy dip

Hundreds take holy dip

22 Aug 2017 | 12:06 AM

KURUKSHETRA: Hundreds of pilgrims from various states took a dip in the holy Brahma Sarovar on the account of Somvati Amavasya here today.

Gang war leaves one dead; five booked

22 Aug 2017 | 12:06 AM

REWARI: Lalit, alias Mirinda, a member of Jhota gang, was shot dead by motorcycle-borne assailants in Tejpura Mohalla here on Sunday night.

Timely Compliance

HC orders CSs, AGs to evolve method

22 Aug 2017 | 12:06 AM

CHANDIGARH: Taking cognisance of multiplicity of litigation due to failure of the authorities to comply with time-bound judicial orders, the Punjab and Haryana High Court has asked the Punjab and Haryana Advocates-General to hold consultations with the Chief Secretaries for evolving a mechanism for complying with court directions within a specified period.

BJYM chief advises youth to unite India

BJYM chief advises youth to unite India

22 Aug 2017 | 12:06 AM

KARNAL: Bharatiya Janata Yuva Morcha (BJYM) national president Poonam Mahajan today asked the party to work hard for a united India through culture, positive thoughts and rejuvenation.

Nine Additional Chief Secys among 13 IAS officers shifted

22 Aug 2017 | 12:06 AM

CHANDIGARH: The government has issued the transfer and posting orders of 13 IAS officers, including nine Additional Chief Secretaries (ACS) and three Principal Secretaries.

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